Gravity Grand Prix

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The Gravity Grand Prix

This year's event

Sunday 23rd August 2020 - Postponed

The 14th Gravity GGP Prix, will not go ahead as planned on 23 August 2020. Chair of the organising committee, Max Stevenson, said “We are sad to make this announcement but it is just not possible to run this event with effective social distancing and this is certain to be a minimum requirement at that time. We will keep the situation under review, to see if circumstances change sufficiently to run an event later in the year.

“Apart for missing the fun of the event, our main beneficiary, the Thames Valley Air Ambulance is also losing out and so we have setup our Facebook page ( to accept donations for Gravity Grand Prix regulars to support the vital work of the Air Ambulance directly this year.


The Gravity Grand Prix is an annual fun and fund raising event that has taken place in the Village of Cookham Dean in Berkshire since 2007. It's a downhill race driven just by gravity, except for a short push at the start, and it has proved to be very, very popular amongst the 2,000 or so spectators who come to see it and experience the thrill and spectacle of the day.

So far we've had 13 fantastically successful years, during which we have been very proud to have raised over £150,000 for our designated charity, the Thames Valley Air Ambulance and other local causes. It's become a really fun afternoon that can be watched, free, by all the family whilst we do all sorts of things to raise money and create enjoyment. The amazing bonus is the ingenuity of the karts that have been built. They are something to behold, as you will see from the above slideshow and the video on the next page of this website.

This year's event will take place in Cookham Dean on Sunday 23rd August and it will be our 14th successive year. If you are thinking of entering a kart, put your thoughts into action now by checking how you can do this on the Information Pack page of this website. We are certain that you will have a really fun time in building your kart and the thrill in taking part will lift your spirits. The atmosphere alone will make your skin tingle and being cheered on by more than 2,000 spectators will make all your efforts so worthwhile!

Last year another fantastic crowd turned out on what was a very pleasant September afternoon to see the 13th annual race and the spectacle of all the novelty karts taking part in The Gravity Grand Prix. Many facilities were also there to be enjoyed. These included the food stalls, our famous beer and wine tent, as well as the fare available from the local pubs along the Course. There was also the funfair attraction for the children. We were delighted that during the afternoon the generous crowd helped raise £13,000, bringing our total raised so far to over £150,000 for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance and other local causes.

The winners of the 2019 Gravity Grand Prix awards were:

Best Engineered Kart

1st prize Winner Winner it's Gin for Dinner entered by Martyn Thomson

Best Novelty Kart

1st prize Buzzy Bee entered by Jon Savage

Fastest Time

1st prize Acceleramus ( 1.10 mins.) entered by Richard Burton

Note: 1.08 minutes is the course record achieved by Richard Burton in 2018.

The main prize "The Spirit of the Event" was won by Having a Whale of a Time and was entered by Mark Broad

So that was last year. Now check the pages of this website to see what you can do this year to share in the action!